We all know how devastating a Hurricane can be, and fortunately, we're only dealing with a Tropical Storm in Bill. Here's the latest information, and what we can expect. We will keep you updated as long as the storm affects our area.

UPDATE-4pm

Tropical Storm Bill came ashore at noon near Matagorda Island with winds near 40mph.

 

The main impacts for the Victoria area remain unchanged however the peak height forecast for the Guadalupe River increased.

 

  1. The eye of Tropical Storm Bill will move north through Victoria County at 6 or 7 pm tonight.
  1. Heavy rains of 3-5 inches and flash flooding are still forecast for the Victoria area through Wednesday morning but those totals could increase to as high as 8-10 inches in isolated areas.
  2. The Guadalupe River will rise to 27.8 feet on Friday, a moderate flood level. Ranchers near the river should move livestock and equipment to higher ground.
  3. City and County crews have staged pumping equipment in low-lying areas to help drain rainwater.
  4. The rains from this low pressure system should diminish by Wednesday evening.
  5. Drivers should browse to DriveTexas.org for statewide information on road closures.
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June 16, 11 AM
Victoria Emergency Operations Center
Tropical Storm Bill Update # 5

At 11am, Tropical Storm Bill was nearing landfall somewhere near San Antonio Bay packing winds of 30-50mph. Peak winds near 60mph are possible along the coast near the landfall point. No further strengthening is expected once the storm hits land.

The main impacts for the Victoria area remain unchanged however the peak height forecast for the Guadalupe River increased.

1. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding in effect for the Victoria area from Tuesday afternoon through most of Wednesday.
2. Between 4 to 6 inches of rain is forecast but those totals could increase to as high as 10 inches in isolated areas.
3. The Guadalupe River will rise to 27.8 feet on Friday, a moderate flood level. Ranchers near the river should move livestock and equipment to higher ground.
4. City and County crews have staged pumping equipment in low-lying areas to help drain rainwater.
5. Increasing swells in the Gulf of Mexico will result in minor coastal flooding and dangerous rip currents. Seas of six to eight feet are expected.
6. Isolated tornadoes are possible in the Victoria area.
7. The rains from this low pressure system should diminish by Wednesday evening.
8. Drivers should browse to DriveTexas.org for statewide information on road closures.
9. Do not drive through low water crossings with flowing water. It takes less than a foot of water to turn a car into a boat. Turn around, don’t drown.
10. Do not drive through standing water in neighborhoods as the wave produced by your vehicle could push water into homes and businesses.

UPDATE 4:
June 16, 2015 at 8:30am
1. Tropical Storm Bill is expected to make landfall near Matagorda Bay later this morning with sustained winds of 50mph and gusts to 60mph.
2. Seas from 8 to 13 feet are being recorded along the Texas coast.
3. The Victoria area will receive heavy rainfall Tuesday and Wednesday up to six inches with isolated thunderstorms dropping even more rain in the area.
4. In the Victoria area drivers should not drive through lower water crossings. Turn around, don't drown.
5. Residents of Victoria should not drive through standing water in neighborhoods. The wave of water created by vehicles can push water into homes and businesses.

Closings:

Update: Summer school is still on in Victoria ISD

Due to weather conditions:
All Industrial Summer School and Summer reading classes cancelled.
Our Lady of Victory Summer camp is closed today.
Holy Family Vacation bible school cancelled for today.
East Titan Summer Baseball Camp is cancelled for Tuesday & will now be held Wednesday-Friday from 9am-12pm